Man arrested over fatal hit-and-run
The man suspected of killing a nurse in a hit-and-run collision in Melbourne has been arrested after a three-day police manhunt.
Sebastian Kennett, 20, was taken into custody after being found with two other men at an address on Fulton Road at Blackburn South, in the city’s east, last night.
“All three males are currently being interviewed by police,” a spokeswoman for Victoria Police said. “No charges have been laid at this stage.”
A warrant was issued for Mr Kennett’s arrest on Wednesday, two days after a crash in Oakleigh that claimed the life of Lynda Hansen. Ms Hansen, 53, was killed on her way home from work when her Toyota Yaris was hit by a stolen white Lexus as she turned into a street on Monday night. Police said the airbag in the stolen car likely saved Mr Kennett’s life.
Ms Hansen’s friends and family shared emotional tributes on social media.
Her devastated family said the dedicated nurse was a “very caring and family orientated person”.
“She was a compassionate car- diac nurse at a large private hospital and was excited to be commencing a new position within the hospital in the next week,” they said. “Lynda was dedicated to her spiritual life, enjoyed yoga and sang in a gospel choir. She enjoyed overseas travel and loved to help people, especially her elderly mother.
“Lynda leaves behind many shocked and devastated friends and family members.”
Yoga group Gippsland Kirtan posted: “Our friend and mentor Lynda Hansen was tragically killed by a ... man hooning in a stolen car.
“Although Gippsland Kirtan is horrified that such a beautiful spirit was taken in this way, we are focused on gratitude for the gifts of knowledge and time that Lynda so freely gave us.”